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  • March 1, 2017

    Rhode Island Governor Aims to Increase Clean Energy Generation 1000%

    Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo has announced a commitment to significantly expand renewable energy in the state, aiming for 1 gigawatt by the end of 2020, a ten-fold increase. “Our commitment to expand our clean energy portfolio will help lower energy costs, create jobs and protect the beauty of our state for future generations," said Governor Raimondo. "As the technology advances, an affordable, clean energy future is no longer simply a dream." Achieving the goal will likely require new legislation, mandates, and/or programs. Read a press release from the Governor’s office here, and a story in Providence Business News here.

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  • July 25, 2016

    NY-Sun: A Multi-Faceted Roadmap for Creating a Self-Sustaining Solar Industry

    NY-Sun is a bold initiative that is driving New York’s solar industry and building momentum toward a sustainable, subsidy-free market by 2023. Through a comprehensive approach that offers incentives, reduces industry barriers, and addresses soft costs, NY-Sun has helped lead to a dramatic uptake in solar capacity, while reducing costs. More than 18,000 solar projects were installed across New York in 2015, increasing the State’s solar capacity by nearly 202 megawatts (MW) to 568 MW. Looking forward, projects already in the initiative’s pipeline will more than double the total amount of current capacity. NY-Sun aims to install 3 gigawatts of solar by 2023, while building a self-sustaining solar industry.

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  • July 20, 2016

    The New Solar Homes Partnership: Transforming California’s Housing Market

    The California Energy Commission’s New Solar Homes Partnership (NSHP) program is helping to make new homes in California environmentally friendly, while reducing energy bills. The program, a component of the comprehensive California Solar Initiative (CSI), provides financial incentives and other support to builders, developers, and homeowners to encourage the construction of new, energy-efficient solar homes. The NSHP, which was launched in 2007, has a 10-year goal of installing 360 megawatts (MW) of new residential solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity in California. It aims to have at least half of all new homes include solar by 2020. As of January 2016, the program has installed or reserved funds for 141.8 MW of solar capacity. It has already helped boost the new home solar penetration rate in the state from less than 1 percent to more than 20 percent.

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  • July 14, 2016

    Expanding Access to Solar Financing in Connecticut

    With the CT Solar Lease (SL2) program, the Connecticut Green Bank (Green Bank) continues to develop innovative financing solutions to advance solar and other clean energy technologies. The CT SL2 program builds on the success of the original CT Solar Lease program, the nation’s first residential PV financing program to combine ratepayer funds with private capital to leverage federal incentives. By expanding the Solar Lease program to include commercial and nonprofit projects that have traditionally been excluded from the solar financing market (along with serving more customary municipal credits), SlL2 has further opened the door to distributed solar by pairing Connecticut’s Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) financing mechanism with power purchase agreements (PPAs). The result has enabled the Green Bank to once again leverage ratepayer funds with significant private capital, in a scalable and replicable manner, in order to finance and deploy solar projects for “mid-market” commercial and nonprofit organizations that otherwise would not be able to make these projects happen.

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  • July 12, 2016

    The Many Benefits of Oregon's Irrigation Modernization Initiative

    Energy Trust of Oregon, working with the nonprofit Farmers Conservation Alliance (FCA), has developed a coordinated and comprehensive program to help irrigation districts and the farmers they serve to develop modern irrigation systems. The resulting systems will reduce energy use and operating costs; generate income from renewable energy production; increase agricultural production, quality, and diversity; reduce water use; and enhance environmental conditions. Twelve Oregon irrigation districts are currently undertaking assessments of the benefits they could achieve through modernization. This program reduces the cost and time required for project planning and implementation, addresses key regulatory and institutional barriers, leverages funding, and demonstrates how modern agricultural water management can mitigate the impacts of long-term drought.

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  • July 7, 2016

    New Hampshire’s Groundbreaking Renewable Thermal Program

    In 2012, New Hampshire became the first and only state to add a carve-out for renewable thermal technologies to its renewable portfolio standard (RPS). This carve-out requires electricity providers to support a minimum amount of renewable thermal energy each year that is produced by eligible biomass, solar thermal, and geothermal technologies. Since this law passed in 2012, the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission Sustainable Energy Division developed rules to govern the metering, monitoring, and quantification of thermal renewable energy credits (T-RECs). New Hampshire’s T-REC program has provided substantial economic and environmental benefits for the state, and serves as a model that other states can use to support a wide range of clean energy thermal technologies.

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  • July 5, 2016

    Exploring the Benefits of Distributed Solar in Rhode Island

    The electric utility industry is in the midst of a fundamental transformation as it prepares for a distributed energy future. Key to unlocking this future is a better understanding of the costs and benefits of distributed generation and its ability to reduce peak loads on the electric distribution system. To this end, the Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources (RI OER) developed a pilot project to explore how distributed solar could provide value to Rhode Island’s electric grid. The pilot project, initiated in 2014, has successfully mobilized the local community to adopt solar PV beyond initial expectations, helped to defer traditional utility capital investments, and provided important lessons for the consideration of “non-wires alternatives” in distribution system planning. Preliminary estimates indicate that solar resources that were geo-targeted by the project could provide enough peak load reduction to defer the construction of an expensive new sub-station feeder by two to four years.

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  • December 1, 2015

    Massachusetts Clean Energy Industry Continues to Grow

    The 2015 Massachusetts Clean Energy Industry Report, an independent industry report commissioned by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC), shows strong and steady industry growth trends for the fifth consecutive year. For details, read the full report here, and read a press release by MassCEC here.

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  • November 18, 2015

    Oregon’s Gresham Wastewater Treatment Plant Wins Several Awards

    The City of Gresham Wastewater Treatment Plant, supported in large part by the Energy Trust of Oregon, has won three awards this year recognizing its achievements.

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  • October 21, 2015

    Alaska Helps Remote Communities Shift to Renewables


    Energy is a major concern in rural Alaska. Households in many regions spend over 20 percent of their annual income on heat and electricity. In some communities, more than half of average household income goes toward home heat and electricity. Although many of these homes consume very little electricity, electric rates and fuel costs are high, and the cold climate means that lots of energy is required to heat even energy-efficient homes. Numerous small and remote Alaskan communities run on stand-alone electric grids and rely heavily on diesel fuel generators. Because Alaska does not have a statewide highway system, fuel is barged from Seattle to regional distribution centers, then delivered locally by air or boat. Winter weather can make deliveries impossible, so rural communities have to store 8 to 13 months’ worth of fuel onsite in tank farms to avoid fuel shortages.

    Alaska is investing in renewable energy projects to provide remote communities with more secure and lower-cost energy. One notable example is the City of Kodiak on the Gulf of Alaska. Before 2008, Kodiak produced about 60 percent of its electricity from hydro and the balance from diesel fuel. Today Kodiak generates more than 99 percent of its power from hydro and wind energy, thanks to grants from the Alaska Renewable Energy Fund.

    The Renewable Energy Fund, administered by the Alaska Energy Authority (AEA), was created in 2008. Its goal is to help the state generate 50 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2025. The fund awards about $25 million yearly to utilities, independent power producers, local governments and tribal councils. AEA evaluates proposals, then recommends projects to the state legislature for funding. AEA focuses on projects that it judges will deliver significant public benefits and that are located in high-cost areas.

    Kodiak’s Transition to Renewable Energy


    About 14,000 people live on Kodiak Island, which is home to Alaska’s biggest fishing port and the largest Coast Guard base in the United States. Kodiak Electric Association (KEA), a local cooperative, operates the island’s microgrid. In 2007, KEA’s board set a goal of generating 95 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020. By 2014 it had already surpassed that goal, producing more than 99 percent of its power from wind and hydropower supported by a battery energy storage system.

    The Renewable Energy Fund awarded a total of $16 million to Kodiak to install six 1.5 megawatt wind turbines; add a third 10-megawatt turbine to its existing hydropower facility; and a three-megawatt battery storage system, which eliminates the need to curtail generation from Kodiak’s wind turbines and provides spinning reserve capacity in combination with the island’s hydropower facility. In 2014, Kodiak installed the newest phase of its renewable upgrades: two one-megawatt flywheels to power a new electric crane at the busy port of Kodiak, replacing a diesel crane.  

    “Without the Alaska Energy Authority, we could not have done it nearly this fast,” says Darron Scott, president and CEO of the Kodiak Electric Association. “These have been very cost-effective projects for our community, but without the help and support and financing, it would have been too hard on our balance sheet to do all of this so quickly.”

    Multiple Benefits

    Displacing diesel fuel with renewable power has produced multiple benefits for Kodiak. Scott estimates that the island has avoided use of 6.9 million gallons of diesel fuel at roughly $3.50 per gallon since 2009. Kodiak residents paid approximately 2.5 percent less for electricity in January 2015 than they did in January 2001, without any adjustments for inflation. And because the island’s diesel generators now are used mainly for backup, residents are insulated for the long term against oil price spikes. By virtually eliminating diesel generation, KEA has also avoided about 77,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions, 2.2 million tons of NOx, 86 tons of carbon monoxide, 47 tons of particulate matter and 43 tons of volatile organic compounds.

    AEA hopes to replicate Kodiak’s success in other remote communities. “It’s incredible how much Alaskans have learned since this program started,” says Sean Skaling, AEA’s program development and project evaluation director. “We’ve really dialed in on what works and what doesn’t, and we’re still learning.”

    In summarizing the achievements of the Kodiak project, Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski remarks that: “Both the Alaska Energy Authority and the Kodiak Electric Association are putting into practice five principles that I believe are in our national interest. And those are to make energy abundant, affordable, clean, diverse, and secure.”

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  • October 6, 2015

    Northeast States Create Cap-and-Trade Program for Greenhouse Gas Emissions

    Northeast states have worked together for several decades to address air quality issues and, more recently, climate change. The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), the first mandatory cap-and-trade program regulating greenhouse gases in the United States, is the long-term result of these efforts. RGGI was initiated in 2003 when Republican Governor George Pataki of New York invited his counterparts in 11 states from Maine to Maryland to join in developing a regional cap-and-trade program to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from electric power plants. All of the New England states agreed, along with Delaware and New Jersey. State officials sought to show that regulating greenhouse gas emissions would not harm consumers or the economy if a system was designed properly, and to create a model for federal action.

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  • October 2, 2015

    New Mexico Attracts Jobs and Revenues with Renewable Energy Tax Credit

    New Mexico has abundant fossil fuel resources: in 2013, it ranked sixth in the nation for crude oil production, seventh for natural gas and twelfth for coal. It also has some of the best solar and wind energy resources in the United States. Over the past decade, New Mexico leaders have positioned the state as a major growth area for renewable energy by developing effective policies and programs, along with financial and other incentives, including a state-level renewable energy production tax credit. These policies have attracted millions of private and federal dollars, generated construction and manufacturing jobs, and boosted state revenues from land leases for renewable energy projects. They are also helping diversify New Mexico’s electricity production, thereby reducing the potential impacts if the price of fossil fuel-fired electricity increases in the future.

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  • September 21, 2015

    Alaska Captures Clean Energy in Rivers

    By Georgena Terry, Volunteer Research Associate, CESARiver hydrokinetic energy has great potential, but it is still very much in the developmental stage. Alaska is taking steps that will speed the commercialization of the technology in that state and nationwide.

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  • August 17, 2015

    NYSERDA Incubators Hatch Promising Clean Energy Technologies

    By Georgena Terry, Volunteer Research Associate, CESA The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s (NYSERDA) mission is to “advance innovative energy solutions.” NYSERDA’s Clean Energy Business Incubator Program fits that mission well by helping start-up firms speed up their growth and secure funding.

    NYSERDA has established six “incubators” across New York State. Five of them are affiliated with a university that provides a variety of resources, including technical expertise and mentoring in all aspects of running a business. NYSERDA’s business-like approach requires incubators to meet pre-defined milestones. Start-ups receive funding based on a “pay for performance” standard with the goal of creating meaningful economic growth. Occupancy in the incubator is limited to three years. Prospective recipients must demonstrate that their clean energy concepts are sound and likely to be successful.

    NYSERDA Program Manager Jeff Peterson observes that the path to commercialization for clean energy has potential pitfalls and requires readiness from both a technological and a business standpoint. The incubator program has evolved as NYSERDA has sought, as Peterson says, “to support the business, not just the product development.”

    Accordingly, the incubator concept does more than just address the technical aspect of a nascent clean technology company. The program also offers assistance in manufacturing, marketing, financing, and networking, but it doesn’t work in isolation in helping to grow the number of successful clean energy start-up companies in the state. Distinct from the incubators, NYSERDA has established Proof-of-Concept Centers for connecting inventors and scientists to entrepreneurs and investors. An entrepreneur-in-residence program places experienced managers on temporary assignments in early-state companies that could benefit from executive-level assistance.

    Bill Jones, director of the Venture Creations incubator at the Rochester Institute of Technology, credits NYSERDA funding for enabling incubator clients to focus on developing their clean energy products and technologies rather than on fundraising. After completing their R&D and pilot project stages, incubator-bred businesses can more easily achieve commercialization. Jones notes proudly that Venture Creations is “graduating really good clean energy companies.”

    One of those companies, ClearCove Systems, has developed an innovative wastewater treatment system process that uses less energy and yields a sludge byproduct with a high energy content. Company President Gary Miller describes his company’s mission enthusiastically: “It’s not wastewater; it’s energy. When we talk about ourselves as a company we are a renewable energy company. We harvest the highest value fuel for energy creation that you can in wastewater.”

    NYSERDA grants enabled ClearCove to demonstrate its technology. Bridging the gap from prototypes to commercial-scale installations is often a deal breaker for clean energy companies. After seeing the results of a demonstration project at the Ithaca Area Wastewater Treatment Facility, Chief Operator Daniel Ramer was sold: “I think I’m one of the people ready to become a guinea pig.”

    NYSERDA’s Clean Energy Business Incubator Program is proving the value of its business development strategy as early-stage companies compete to enter New York’s incubators. Informed selection of incubator sites and rigorous standards for incubator participants are advancing clean energy technologies that have potential to be deployed well beyond the state’s borders.

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  • August 12, 2015

    Massachusetts Builds a Clean Energy Cluster

    It is not surprising that Massachusetts has a large collection of clean energy companies. After all, the state is home to major research universities with focuses on energy, it has an active venture capital community, and many early cutting-edge energy technologies were developed in the state. At of 2014, the clean energy industry, broadly defined, had over 88,000 employees working in nearly 6,000 companies.

    Along with Massachusetts’ universities and venture capital infrastructure, a main reason for the emergence of such a large clean energy industry cluster is the active role of state government, especially the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC). That agency has pursued a broadranging, multi-faceted, integrated approach to building the industry.

    To help start-ups get off the ground, MassCEC has helped entrepreneurs, researchers, and investors to forge connections. It has provided funding and leadership for an annual week of events that includes sessions on industry trends, information about financing for companies, and opportunities for earlystage companies to pitch their business plans to potential investors.

    The AmplifyMass program offers matching funding to companies and research teams that receive awards from ARPA-E (the Advanced Research Projects Agency—Energy), which is the part of the U.S. Department of Energy charged with supporting early-stage energy technology innovations with breakthrough potential. Without support from MassCEC, many ARPA-E awardees would have difficulty raising the necessary matching funding.

    Through the InnovateMass program, early-stage companies can compete for awards of up to $150,000 to bring innovative technologies closer to commercialization. MassCEC has also provided support to business incubators.

    One of MassCEC’s most creative and impactful programs is the Massachusetts Clean Energy Internship program. Since 2011, it has placed 1,194 paid interns in 262 companies. This strategy not only strengthens the workforce by providing young people with useful skills and work experience, but it helps the clean energy businesses in the state find qualified employees. Because MassCEC pays some or all of the interns’ salary, small companies are able to get work assistance they would otherwise not be able to afford. More than 50 interns have gained permanent positions at their host com-panies, while many more are now working elsewhere in the Massachusetts clean energy industry.

    The business community recognizes the importance of MassCEC’s many programs in growing the clean energy industry. Peter Rothstein, president of the region’s most influential industry trade group, the New England Clean Energy Council, notes that, “MassCEC programs have supported this growth with initiatives focused on R&D and startups, as well as creative and effective programs that have accelerated demand and market growth, all contributing to Massachusetts’ leadership in energy efficiency, solar, and innovation.”

    Each year, MassCEC publishes a clean energy industry report that counts the number of companies and jobs; classifies them by type and technology; and points out trends. Not only does this analysis enable MassCEC to see if it is making progress, but it provides the business community and investors with valuable information about the shape and size of the clean energy industry cluster. In the most recent report, MassCEC was pleased to point out that the state’s businesses expected to exceed 100,000 workers in 2015.

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  • June 22, 2015

    States Lead Clean Energy Development through Innovative Programs According to New Report

    Comprehensive study shows the importance of innovative state policies and programs,
    coupled with federal support

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  • April 23, 2015

    Oregon’s Gresham Wastewater Treatment Plant Achieves Net-Zero Status

    The City of Gresham, Oregon has reached a much-anticipated milestone: its wastewater treatment plant has achieved net-zero status. Through a combination of anaerobic digesters and a CHP unit, the plant now runs entirely on energy that it produces itself. This project was a winner of CESA's 2014 State Leadership in Clean Energy Awards, and is supported by CESA members the Energy Trust of Oregon and the Oregon Department of Energy. For more about the Gresham wastewater treatment plant's net-zero achievement, click here and here.

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  • January 14, 2015

    Alaska Energy Authority and Kodiak Electric Association Developing a 99 Percent Renewable Community

    This article by Maria Blais Costello in Renewable Energy World profiles the Alaska Energy Authority's work powering the community of Kodiak, Alaska with 99% renewable energy. Read the complete article here.

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  • January 9, 2015

    Turning Waste into Energy in Oregon: City of Gresham Wastewater Treatment Plant

    This article by Maria Blais Costello in Renewable Energy World profiles the Energy Trust of Oregon's innovative work making the City of Gresham Wastewater Treatment Plant net-zero. Read the complete article here.

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  • January 7, 2015

    SMUD’s Community Renewable Energy Deployment Program: Partnering for Results in Clean Energy

    This article by Maria Blais Costello in Renewable Energy World profiles the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD)'s Community Renewable Energy Deployment (CRED) program. The CRED program includes four innovative local renewable energy projects, providing up to 5.6 MW of additional clean energy generation to SMUD’s customers. The projects bring local economic and environmental benefits though the creation of jobs, increased tax revenue for the community, supplemental revenue for dairy farmers, by turning wasteland into solar power plants, and transforming existing infrastructure and problem wastes into sustainable energy resources. Read the complete article here.

    Learn more about this project in a free webinar on Friday, January 16 at 2pm ET. Details here.

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  • December 24, 2014

    Get in Line: New Mexico’s Renewable Energy Production Tax Credit

    Will Murtha wrote an article about the New Mexico Reneweable Energy Tax Credit (REPTC) in the Clean Energy Finance Forum, a publication of the Yale Center for Business and the Environment. The REPTC, a project of the New Mexico Energy Conservation and Management Division, was awarded a 2014 State Leadership in Clean Energy Award by CESA. Read the complete article "Get in Line: New Mexico's Renewable Energy Production Tax Credit" here.

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  • December 23, 2014

    The Connecticut Green Bank’s C-PACE Program – Low-cost, Long-term Financing for Clean Energy Upgrades

    This article by Maria Blais Costello in Renewable Energy World profiles the Connecticut Green Bank's C-PACE program. C-PACE enables commercial, industrial, and multi-family building owners to access affordable, long-term financing for smart energy upgrades to their buildings. Read the complete article here.

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  • December 11, 2014

    Promoting a Plug-and-Play CHP Solution – NYSERDA’s CHP Acceleration Program

    This article by Maria Blais Costello in Renewable Energy World profiles NYSERDA's CHP Acceleration Program. This program is making it easier for customers in New York to adopt combined heat and power (CHP) systems. CHP is both energy efficient and energy resilient, and is idealy suited for critical infrastructure such as hospitals and emergency shelters that cannot afford to loose power during a storm. Read the complete article here.

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  • December 8, 2014

    Powering CT Critical Facilities with Resilient Power – the Connecticut Microgrid Program

    This article by Maria Blais Costello in Renewable Energy World profiles the Connecticut Microgrid Program. With this program, Connecticut is promoting both renewable energy and making investments in community resiliency. Read the complete article here.

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  • December 5, 2014

    A “Business” Model for Expanding Renewable Energy – The New Mexico Renewable Energy Production Tax Credit

    This article by Maria Blais Costello in Renewable Energy World profiles New Mexico's award-winning Renewable Energy Production Tax Credit (REPTC) program. The REPTC has encourage significant wind, solar and other renewable energy development in the state. Read the complete article here.

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  • December 2, 2014

    Preparing the Next Generation for Skilled Jobs in the Clean Energy Sector – The Massachusetts Clean Energy Internship Program

    This article by Maria Blais Costello in Renewable Energy World introduces Massachusetts Clean Energy Center's Clean Energy Internship Program, a recipient of the 2014 State Leadership in Clean Energy Awards. Read the complete article on Renewable Energy World's website here.

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  • November 25, 2014

    CT wins two national green awards

    The Hartford Business Journal published an article about the two Connecticut programs that recieved a 2014 State Leadership in Clean Energy Award. Read the complete article here.

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  • November 24, 2014

    Outstanding Clean Energy Programs from States and Municipalities – What’s Working and Why

    This article by Maria Blais Costello was originally published in Renewable Energy World.

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  • November 24, 2014

    National Coalition Recognizes Conn. Agencies For Advancing Clean Energy

    Laura Alix at the Commercial Record wrote an article about the two Connecticut programs honored with a 2014 State Leadership in Clean Energy Award. Read the complete article here.

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  • November 21, 2014

    Alaskan Institutions Win National Clean Energy Award

    Carlos Villacis wrote an article for the Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) about the Alaska Energy Authority (AEA) and Kodiak Electric Association (KEA) winning a 2014 State Leadership in Clean Energy Award for their work making the town of Kodiak, Alaska 99% net zero. Read the complete article here.

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  • November 20, 2014

    Sen. Murkowski Announces Two Alaska Energy Awardees

    U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, congratulated the Alaska Energy Authority (AEA) and the Kodiak Electric Association (KEA) on being recognized with a 2014 State Leadership in Clean Energy Award. Read the complete press release here.

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  • November 20, 2014

    Northwest Public Power Association Members win CESA State Leadership in Clean Energy Awards

    Two members of the Northwest Public Power Association (NWPPA) were honored with a 2014 State Leadership in Clean Energy Award: 

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  • November 19, 2014

    CESA Announces Winners of the 2014 State Leadership in Clean Energy Awards

    The Clean Energy States Alliance is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2014 State Leadership in Clean Energy Awards. The 2014 awards recognize eight outstanding state programs and projects that have accelerated the adoption of clean energy technologies and strengthened clean energy markets. Winners were chosen by an independent panel of five distinguished judges, and are featured in a new report.

    The 2014 awards were given to:   

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  • November 19, 2014

    Alaska Recognized for State Leadership in Clean Energy

    (Anchorage) – Alaska’s Renewable Energy Grant Fund, administered by the Alaska Energy Authority (AEA), was recognized with a State Leadership in Clean Energy (SLICE) Award by the Clean Energy States Alliance yesterday in Annapolis, Maryland.  The SLICE Awards recognize state programs and projects that accelerate the adoption of clean energy technologies and strengthen clean energy markets.

    Kodiak was spotlighted for the Pillar Mountain Wind and Terror Lake Hydroelectric Expansion projects. As a result of these projects, the City of Kodiak runs on 99 percent renewable energy, reducing the impacts of costly diesel fuel. Both projects received Renewable Energy Fund grants.  Sara Fisher-Goad, executive director of the AEA and Darron Scott, president/CEO of Kodiak Electric Association (KEA) accepted the SLICE Award (see photo above).

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  • November 19, 2014

    MassCEC Internship Program Wins Two National Awards

    Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) CEO Alicia Barton today announced MassCEC’s Clean Energy Internship Program won two national awards: the State Leadership in Clean Energy (SLICE) Award from the Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA) and the National 3iAwards State and Local Project Award from the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC). Read a complete press release by MassCEC here.

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  • November 19, 2014

    Energy Trust of Oregon receives national clean energy award for work with City of Gresham

    The Energy Trust of Oregon was honored with a 2014 State Leadership in Clean Energy Award for its technical assistance, project development support and more than $1 million in cash incentives to the City of Gresham for renewable energy production and energy-efficiency investments. In addition, the Oregon Department of Energy contributed funding and an initial feasibility study for the City of Gresham. The long-term assistance will help the plant become the first wastewater treatment plant in the Pacific Northwest to achieve net-zero energy consumption. Read a complete press release from the Energy Trust of Oregon here.

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  • November 19, 2014

    Connecticut’s Microgrid Program Receives National Recognition

    Elisa Wood at Microgrid Knowledge wrote an article about the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (CTDEEP)'s Microgrid Program winning a 2014 State Leadership in Clean Energy Award. Read the complete article here.

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  • November 19, 2014

    Gresham wastewater plant recognized with national award

    The Portland Tribune published an article about the Energy Trust of Oregon winning a 2014 State Leadership in Clean Energy Award for their work on the City of Gresham Wastewater Treatment Plant. Read the complete article here.

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  • November 17, 2014

    Registration Open for the CESA Members Meeting, November 17-18

    The Clean Energy States Alliance will be holding its 2014 Fall Membership Meeting on November 17-18 in Annapolis, MD, co-hosted by the Maryland Energy Administration. This meeting is open to CESA members only. For more information and to register for this two-day event, click here (login required).

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  • September 29, 2014

    CESA Applauds Massachusetts Clean Energy Industry Report

    The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center today released its annual industry report detailing the impressive growth of the state’s clean energy industry and the impact it is having on jobs and economic activity across Massachusetts. The Clean Energy States Alliance, a national, nonprofit coalition of state and municipal clean energy funds, praises the report as an essential tool for quantifying and understanding the results of state policies to advance markets for clean energy technologies.

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  • August 5, 2014

    Minnesota recognized for efforts to save energy, reduce GHG emissions

    From the Minnesota Department of Commerce August 2014 e-Newsletter: While some states are howling about complying with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Proposed Rule for Existing Power Plants, “Minnesota has been reining in its utilities’ carbon pollution for decades,” according to a July 17 New York Times article. The article is one of several accounts that laud Minnesota as a leader in pursuing goals of the proposed rule, which calls for a 30 percent reduction in carbon pollution from existing power plants by 2030. A few days before the proposed rule was announced in early June, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy was in Minnesota to meet with Minnesota utility leaders. She praised Minnesota’s programs to advance energy efficiency: “Minnesota has been aggressive on this issue,” she said in a Star Tribune article. “We don’t need to start from scratch. People get this. We just need to learn from what’s already happening and figure out how to jump-start that in other places.” The EPA will accept public comments on the proposed rule until Oct. 16, 2014. A final rule is expected by June 1, 2015. Read the proposed rule as posted on the Federal Register.

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  • July 14, 2014

    NYSERDA Launches New Portable Emergency Generator Program

    The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) today launched two major Fuel NY initiatives -- the Portable Emergency Generator Program and the State Strategic Gasoline Reserve. Both initiatives will help alleviate some of the most pressing challenges faced by motorists, first responders and gas station owners after Superstorm Sandy.

    As a direct response to the gasoline disruptions that occurred during Sandy, Governor Cuomo launched the Fuel NY initiative to address both the loss of power at gasoline station pumps and a gap in the distribution of fuel to gas stations. A 21st century fuel infrastructure protection strategy from the pipeline to the pump, Fuel NY includes the nation's strongest gas station back-up power requirements and the first-in-the nation State Strategic Gasoline Reserve.

    "The State is developing an energy infrastructure to the benefit of all New Yorkers that is more resilient, reliable, efficient and dynamic," said John B. Rhodes, President and CEO, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). "Taking the lessons learned from Superstorm Sandy, Governor Cuomo has supported innovative programs to address the challenges faced by motorists during severe weather emergencies."

    Approximately 1,000 gas stations in New York City, Long Island, Westchester County and Rockland County are required to have back-up power capability in the event of an emergency. Under the Portable Emergency Generator Program launched today, these stations can apply to rent a portable emergency generator through NYSERDA. For more information on the Portable Emergency Gas Generator Program, visit http://stormrecovery.ny.gov/fuel-ny.

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  • July 14, 2014

    Applications Accepted for Renewable Energy Projects across Alaska

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 14, 2014    

    Alaska Energy Authority opens Renewable Energy Grant Fund application period

    (Anchorage) – The Alaska Energy Authority (AEA) released a request for applications for the Renewable Energy Grant Fund. Applications must be received by AEA by 5 p.m. on Sept. 22, 2014.

    The Renewable Energy Grant Fund was created in 2008 by the Alaska State Legislature to provide funding for renewable energy projects that can provide economic benefit and local energy sources to Alaska communities.  Applications undergo a thorough technical and economic evaluation.

    “The Renewable Energy Grant Fund places Alaska at or near the forefront of the 50 states in funding for renewable energy,” said Sara Fisher-Goad, executive director. “Alaska has a goal of 50 percent renewable power by 2025 and this program is advancing viable and successful renewable projects across the state,” continued Fisher-Goad.

    This is the eighth round of Renewable Energy Grant Fund applications.  The Legislature authorized AEA to manage the application process, project evaluations and recommendations, completion of grant agreements and disbursement of funds to grantees. In 2012 the Legislature extended the program for an additional ten years.

    In 2013, 86 applications were received and nearly $23 million was awarded to 28 projects. Prior to that, $227.5 million had been provided to 251 projects statewide. Projects include wind, hydro, biomass, solar, transmission and integration to existing fossil-fueled units.

    Additional information about the application process can be found online at AkEnergyAuthority.org or by calling the Alaska Energy Authority at 1-888-300-8534 or 771-3044.

    The Alaska Energy Authority is a public corporation of the state with a mission to reduce the cost of energy in Alaska. This mission is achieved by investing in Alaska’s infrastructure; diversifying Alaska’s energy portfolio; energy planning and policy; and training and technical assistance. 

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  • June 2, 2014

    Eight CESA States Plan to Increase Zero-Emission Vehicles

    An alliance of eight CESA member states have released a collaborative action plan to put 3.3 million zero-emission vehicles on the road by 2025. These eight partner states representing a bi-coastal effort across the country are California, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont. Together these eight states comprise 25% of the nation's new car sales. The collaborative action plan outlines steps to develop infrastructure, coordinate policies, and prepare the consumer market for zero-emission vehicles. This partnership began with the signing of a memorandum of understanding in October of 2013. Since the MOU was signed, state regulators have collaborated with the auto industry, infrastructure developers and other stakeholders to develop best practices and share information. For more information, click here.

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  • May 7, 2014

    Alaska Energy Statistics Report Provides Snapshot of Alaska’s Energy Use

    The Alaska Energy Statistics Report is now available. Funded by the Alaska Energy Authority and prepared in partnership with the Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER), the Alaska Energy Statistics Report provides information about electrical energy production, sources, consumption and prices across the state.  

    Additional analysis includes impacts of renewable energy and AEA’s Power Cost Equalization (PCE) program. Alaskans in rural communities that rely on fuel oil had the most expensive electricity, with prices from roughly 30 cents to more than $1 per kilowatt hour (kWh) in 2011. For comparison, rates in Southcentral range from thirteen to twenty-two cents per kWh.

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  • May 6, 2014

    MassCEC Announces $200,000 Energy Efficiency Job Training Program

    Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) CEO Alicia Barton today announced the launch of Green Workforce: Energy Efficiency, a new program designed to support job training programs for energy efficiency careers across the state.

    “More than half of the 80,000 clean energy workers in Massachusetts work on energy efficiency,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Sec. Rick Sullivan, who chairs MassCEC’s Board of Directors. “Programs like this will ensure that companies in this growing industry have access to a skilled workforce as they expand operations in Massachusetts.The $200,000 program will develop a standardized certification program for clean energy employees and establish training sites for more direct, hands-on training, with the overall goal of preparing students and trainees for clean energy and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers. The program will also give workers access to higher education opportunities.

    “Exposing young people to careers in energy efficiency will help continue to grow the clean energy sector in Massachusetts,” said Barton.

    MassCEC is now seeking proposals for establishing training programs in the energy efficiency and building science fields across Massachusetts administered by Massachusetts-based secondary and post-secondary institutions, community-based organizations that provide youth services, workforce investment boards and labor unions.

    Interested groups and organizations may view the full request for proposals on the program website, www.masscec.com/GreenWorkforce.

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  • May 1, 2014

    DC Explores Upgrade to Net Zero Buildings

    The District of Columbia Department of the Environment (DDOE) today released the findings of a recent study detailing how the District, already home to more green buildings per capita than other large cities in the U.S., can best craft policy and create incentives to build zero energy, zero water and Living Buildings™.

    The study, Net Zero and Living Building Financial Study: A Cost Comparison Report for Buildings in the District of Columbia, conducted by New Buildings Institute, International Living Future Institute and Skanska, conceptually transformed three LEED v3 Platinum designed buildings to net zero energy, net zero water and Living Buildings. Its scope focused on three commonly developed building types in the District: office new construction, multifamily new construction and office renovation.

    “The findings in this report are eye-opening. It presents us with a policy framework that will help us achieve our goal to slash energy use to half of what it was in 2010 by 2032, and provides us with the data to back it up,” says Bill Updike, a green building specialist at DDOE. “The District has a history of leading on progressive green building policies. This report will aid our efforts to further advance the building industry toward more resilient, restorative facilities.”

    Among the key financial and/or return on investment savings, the study found that:

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  • April 17, 2014

    CEFIA’s Jessica Bailey named Solar Deployment “Champion of Change” by White House

    The White House honored ten "Champions of Change" for their efforts to promote and expand solar deployment in the residential, commercial, and industrial sectors, including CEFIA's Jessica Bailey.

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  • April 16, 2014

    Vermont's Net Metering Program a Model for the Nation

    While battles rage with utilities taking on both solar customers and businesses around the country, Vermont has quietly expanded its net metering program by nearly four-times without so much as a skirmish.

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  • April 15, 2014

    Vermont Clean Energy Development Fund issues RFP for a food waste digestion pilot project

    The Public Service Department and the Clean Energy Development Fund seek proposals for a pilot project(s) to demonstrate the anaerobic digestion of food waste. Proposed projects should promote the development and deployment of cost-effective, anaerobic digestion of food waste for the long-term benefit of Vermont farms and Vermont energy consumers. 

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  • April 15, 2014

    New Tool by the Maryland Clean Energy Center Provides Electricity Market Transparency

    Transparency within the Maryland electricity choice market gets a boost with the partnership announced between the Maryland Clean Energy Center and ClearlyEnergy. By offering consumers and businesses an easier way to compare electricity supply plans, Maryland residents will be empowered to make smarter energy choices. Switching to Clean Energy is now just three clicks away!

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  • April 11, 2014

    Commerce Rhode Island Funds Research on Impacts of Climate Change in Narragansett Bay

    Governor Lincoln D. Chafee and the Rhode Island Science & Technology Advisory Council (STAC), a division of Commerce RI, today announced the recipients of the 2014 Rhode Island Research Alliance Collaborative Research Grants. The awards, totaling $806,501 will fund seven diverse teams bringing together deep expertise in the natural and social sciences as well as the arts and environmental conservation to study how marine plant and animal life are responding to climate change in Narragansett Bay.

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  • April 9, 2014

    Presentation: Is Hydrokinetic Power Feasible for Alaska?

    Jeremy Kasper, Assistant Director of the Alaska Center for Energy and Power (ACEP)'s Hydrokinetic Energy Research Center, gave a recent presentation on the feasibility of hydrokinetic power for Alaska.

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  • April 8, 2014

    EPA Recognizes NYSERDA with 2014 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Sustained Excellence Award

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) with a 2014 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year - Sustained Excellence Award for its continued leadership in protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency. NYSERDA’s accomplishments will be recognized in Washington, D.C. on April 29, 2014.

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  • April 7, 2014

    California Energy Commission Continues Investing Hundreds of Millions In Next-Generation Clean Technologies

    In search of innovative technologies to improve the state’s electricity system, the California Energy Commission has launched a series of solicitations to fund research and development projects, investing more than $100 million in solutions for California homes, businesses, and industries. Projects will be funded by the Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC).

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  • March 14, 2014

    MassDOER offers grant for waste water energy recovery

    Much of the energy used to heat water is lost as the heated water flows down the drain. Waste water energy recovery (WWER) projects aim to re-capture some of that wasted energy to heat buildings and to use the waste water as a heat sink for cooling loads, similar to a ground-source heat pump using groundwater to heat and cool buildings.

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  • February 25, 2014

    NYSERDA Launches Networking Website to Help Spur Commercialization of Clean Energy Technology

    The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has launched a new networking website, cleantechNYconnect.com, dedicated to helping cleantech business leaders, investors, entrepreneurs and researchers access information and resources that can speed innovation and commercialization. 

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  • February 12, 2014

    Ohio Development Services Agency Funds Clean Energy Technology Innovation

    The Ohio Development Services Agency has approved more than $15.8 million to fund cutting-edge technology companies and start-ups, including several projects related to clean energy and energy efficiency. “The investment in technology is an investment in Ohio’s future, bringing new ideas and jobs to the state,” said David Goodman, director of the Ohio Development Services Agency.

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  • January 14, 2014

    NYSERDA announces $21 million in funding to help dairy farmers generate revenue by converting waste into renewable energy

    Funding Helps Agriculture Industry Improve Business Operations; Encourages Use of Technology that Benefits the Environment for Cleaner Communities

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  • December 18, 2013

    MassDOER names 13 new "Green Communities"

    BOSTON – December 18, 2013 - The Patrick Administration today designated 13 new Green Communities, bringing to 123 the number of Massachusetts cities and towns committed to five clean energy leadership criteria spelled out in the Green Communities Act, including cutting energy use by 20 percent over five years.

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  • December 6, 2013

    New York State Earns a ‘Deal of the Year’ Award for First-In-the-Nation Residential Energy-Efficiency Financing Approach

    Award Recognizes New York State as First To Use Clean Water Funds to Combat Air Pollution and Increase Energy Efficiency in Homes

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  • December 4, 2013

    CT DEEP Awards "Bright Idea Grants" to 35 Connecticut Municipalities for Energy-Saving Projects

    Thirty-five Connecticut municipalities were recognized today during a ceremony at the State Capitol for their participation in the statewide Clean Energy Communities program, an Energize Connecticut initiative that incentivizes cities and towns to support energy efficiency and renewable energy.

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  • November 19, 2013

    NYSERDA Project Will Encourage New Ways for Buildings to Save Energy, Grow Jobs and Promote New Products and Techniques

    Governor Cuomo Announces $4.8 Million for Projects to Develop Advanced Technologies for More Energy Efficient Buildings. Funding to Encourage New Ways for Buildings to Save Energy, Grow Jobs and Promote New Products and Techniques

    Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced $4.8 million in awards for projects that explore new technologies to make buildings in New York State more energy efficient while helping to expand the building sector economy.

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  • November 1, 2013

    CESA Members Contribute To Presidential Task Force On Climate Preparedness

    President Obama has established a Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience. The Task Force will be composed of state, local and tribal leaders from across the country who have first-hand experience in preparing their communities for the effects of climate change. The Task Force will advise the Administration on how the Federal Government can best help communities equip themselves for the impacts of climate change. Representatives from CESA member states include Governors Brown (CA), O’Malley (MD) and Shumlin (VT), Mayors Garcetti (CA) and Zimmer (NJ), Commissioner Brooks (OH), Supervisor Carbajal (CA), and tribal officials Chairman Diver (MN) and Mayor Joule (AK). Read the Executive Order on Climate Preparedness below:

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  • September 17, 2013

    MA Governor Patrick Announces 11.8 percent Clean Energy Job Growth

    Solar Sector Thriving With More Than 8,400 Workers

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  • September 12, 2013

    Gov. Cuomo Announces Energy and Investment Expert to Lead NYSERDA

    John B. Rhodes to Join Administration as Third New Energy Executive This Year

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  • June 24, 2013

    The CESA Brief - June 24, 2013

    Download the new CESA Brief - a new periodic update e-newletter from CESA - see http://www.icontact-archive.com/Wl8Nti6_rrTLiBSy-iZkzdA4yWsyGutO?w=4.

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  • June 21, 2013

    LIPA Receives Vision Long Island Smart Growth Award for its Clean Energy Programs

    LIPA’s efficiency and renewable programs also recognized by the US Green Building Council

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  • June 17, 2013

    CEFIA Releases a Rolling Request for Proposals (RFP) for Anaerobic Digestion Pilot Program

    Rocky Hill, Conn., June 17, 2013 — The Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority (CEFIA) released a rolling Request for Proposals (RFP) for its Anaerobic Digestion Pilot Program (AD Program). Pursuant to Section 103 of Public Act 11-80, and subsequently amended by Public Act 12-2, CEFIA is charged with administering a three-year $6M Pilot Program. The total funding remaining in the program under this competitive solicitation is $5M.

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  • June 4, 2013

    CESA Members Brief Congress on Importance of Federal Support for State Clean Energy Innovations

    Although Congressional progress on comprehensive energy policy is stagnant, states are moving ahead with visionary clean energy projects and programs of their own.

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  • June 4, 2013

    Massachusetts receives perfect score for policy, No. 1 ranking in investment, intellectual capital

    Massachusetts receives perfect score for policy, No. 1 ranking in investment, intellectual capital

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  • May 31, 2013

    Resilient Power -- A New Business Case for Clean Energy

    CEG President Lewis Milford's recent Huffington Post blog regarding a new "power resiliency" market that is developing in the areas hit hardest by Hurricane Sandy. Some governors and policy officials are motivated by climate change, while others are driven by a clear-eyed sense that there will be more dangerous storms in the future, whatever the cause. In both cases, they see the need to act.

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  • April 2, 2013

    CEC PIER Program - Innovative Research to Achieve CA Clean Energy Goals

    New California Energy Commission Report Highlights Investments in Clean Energy Projects

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  • March 14, 2013

    MassCEC and MTTC Announce Funding Available for Early-stage Innovations

    BOSTON – March 14, 2013 – The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) and the Massachusetts Technology Transfer Center (MTTC) have launched the sixth solicitation for the MassCEC Catalyst Program, which is aimed at commercializing the game-changing clean energy technologies coming out of Massachusetts.

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  • March 6, 2013

    California Energy Commission Releases 2012 Accomplishments and State Energy Policy Update

    State's Energy Policy Update Goes to Governor, Legislature - Report Update now available as an e-publication

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  • March 5, 2013

    LIPA Receives EPA 2013 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year - Sustained Excellence Award

    Uniondale, NY—The Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) has received the 2013 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year - Sustained Excellence Award from the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in recognition of its continued leadership and achievements in energy efficiency.

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  • February 28, 2013

    Governor Cuomo Announces $20 Million for Combined Heat and Power Systems to Generate Reliable, On-Site Power

    Clean-Energy Projects To Provide Continuous Power During Power Outages - Supports NYS 2100 Commission’s Call for Distributed Generation

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  • February 15, 2013

    MA State Energy Officials Announce Plan to Help 16 Communities Adopt Clean Energy

    The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) and the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources’ (DOER) Green Communities Division today announced the six municipal governments and regional planning authorities who will participate in a $500,000 pilot program to help local communities identify energy efficiency, renewable energy and other clean energy strategies to meet local energy needs.

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  • February 11, 2013

    MassCEC Announces $1 Million Available for Clean Energy Job Training

    The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) CEO Alicia Barton McDevitt today announced today the availability of $1 million in grant funding as part of the Pathways Out of Poverty program, which supports clean energy job training programs for low and moderate-income individuals.

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  • February 6, 2013

    MEA Announces the Maryland Smart Energy Communities Program

    New program targets climate change through energy efficiency improvements, renewable energy innovation, and petroleum reduction for Maryland’s local governments

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  • February 4, 2013

    Maryland Energy Administration Releases 2012 Year in Review Report

    This year in review describes many of MEA’s achievements in 2012. But MEA’s successes span many years and will collectively save Marylanders billions of dollars.

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  • February 1, 2013

    Energy Trust of Oregon: 2012 - Record-Breaking Year in Clean Energy

    Early results show record energy savings for utility customers in 2012

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  • January 22, 2013

    VT Clean Energy Development Fund Releases New Strategic Plan

    January 15, 2013 - The Vermont Public Service Department released a new five year strategic plan for the Clean Energy Development Fund. The plan is available here.

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  • January 18, 2013

    Alaska Energy Authority Announces Renewable Energy Fund - Round 6 Recommendations

    On January 18, 2013, the Alaska Energy Authority released its Round 6 recommendations and Round 1-5 project status and performance highlights for the AEA Renewable Energy Fund to the Alaska Legislature. Of the 85 applications for funding received, AEA has recommended funding for 60 projects. Additional supporting documents, including the Round 6 evaluation summaries and economic analysis for each application, and the evaluation methodology are on the AEA website.

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  • January 2, 2013

    CEFIA Releases RFP for Anaerobic Digestion Pilot Program

    Rocky Hill, Conn., January 2, 2013 — The Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority (CEFIA) released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for its Anaerobic Digestion Pilot Program (AD Program). Pursuant to Section 103 of Public Act 11-80, CEFIA is charged with administering a three-year, $6M Pilot Program. The total funding allocated for all selected Projects under this competitive solicitation is $2M.

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  • December 27, 2012

    MassCEC Announces Woodstove Trade-in Program - Offers Discounts for New Clean Stoves

    Eligible residents could receive up to $2,000 toward the purchase of new, more efficient and safer models

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  • December 24, 2012

    Governor Cuomo Announces $250 Million for Renewable Energy Projects Administered by NYSERDA

    Funding for Medium- and Large-Scale Clean Energy Projects to Ensure Electricity from Wind, Hydro and Biomass Throughout New York

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  • December 19, 2012

    Christie Administration Approves Six Large Scale Distributive Generation Projects Consistent with the State’s Energy Master Plan to Improve Grid Reliability

    Large Scale CHP/Fuel Cell Program Increases Energy Efficiency and Reduces Energy Costs for all Ratepayers

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  • December 18, 2012

    NYSERDA Supports New Biogas-to-Power Project for Local Brewery

    Incentives Bring Renewable Energy Technology to Maker of Saranac Beers, Increasing Energy Efficiency While Treating Wastewater and Reducing Company Expenses, with Funding Assistance from NYSERDA and National Grid

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  • November 13, 2012

    MassCEC and MA DOER Announce Grants to Help Communities Adopt Clean Energy

    BOSTON – Nov. 13, 2012 – The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) and the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) Green Communities Division today announced a $500,000 pilot program to help local communities identify energy efficiency, renewable energy and other clean energy strategies to meet local energy needs.

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  • November 2, 2012

    Maryland Energy Administration Advances Innovative Clean Energy Technologies with Cost-Sharing Grants

    Maryland Energy Administration awards $1.1 Million in Competitive Grants to Five Clean Energy Generation Projects

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  • October 26, 2012

    Energy Trust of Oregon saves utility customers $1 billion over the past decade

    Energy-saving programs and services support a stronger economy and a cleaner environment

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  • October 15, 2012

    CESA Announces Winners of 2012 State Leadership in Clean Energy Awards

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  • September 25, 2012

    SMUD Award Honors City of Sacramento for Responsible Energy Stewardship

    SMUD Board recognizes energy-conscious commercial customer

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  • September 19, 2012

    Vermont Clean Energy Development Fund Announces Additional $1.25 M to Support RE

    Montpelier, Vermont – The Clean Energy Development Fund (CEDF) announced today that the Clean Energy Development Fund Board has approved the allocation of an additional $1.25 million to support the installation of solar photovoltaic, solar thermal and small wind energy projects for home owners, communities, and businesses across Vermont through the Small Scale Renewable Energy Incentive Program.

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  • September 12, 2012

    SMUD Partners with Builders to Deliver "Homes of the Future"

    Sacramento Municipal Utility District partners with builders to deliver “Home of the Future” technology now

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  • September 12, 2012

    MassCEC Announces $1 Million for Innovative Clean Energy Firms

    BOSTON – September 12, 2012 – The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) today announced a new $1 million program to further the development of clean energy technology in Massachusetts.

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  • September 7, 2012

    Energy Trust of Oregon saves utility customers $233 million in 2011

    Energy Trust of Oregon saves utility customers $233 million in 2011
    Nonprofit spurs unprecedented investment in energy efficiency, renewable energy

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  • September 6, 2012

    NYSERDA Guide Offers Recommendations to Governments, Businesses On Site Design of Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

    Free ‘Best Practices’ Guide to Educate Site Owners on New Installations; Recommendations Can Ease Permit Process, Increase Safety, Lower Cost

    For governments, businesses and other entities, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has developed a guide to selecting the best site designs and locations for new electric vehicle (EV) charging stations.

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  • August 21, 2012

    Masschusetts Clean Energy Economy Growing and Employing 72,000 Workers

    Report identifies 5,000 clean energy companies employing 72,000 workers

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  • August 1, 2012

    Massachusetts Launches Regional Renewable Energy Initiative with Other 5 New England States

    Initiative will help pave the way for large scale investments in renewable energy across the region

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  • July 27, 2012

    Alaska Energy Authority Hires Energy Policy Manager

    Anchorage) –The Alaska Energy Authority (AEA) today announced former State Senator Gene Therriault will join AEA’s management team as deputy director for statewide energy policy development. The position is the primary state coordinator for multi-agency energy policy development and program implementation. Therriault will focus on energy issues important to the Interior, such as bringing gas to Fairbanks. He will also work on energy efficiency and conservation, rural energy policy issues and join the Susitna-Watana project team.

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  • July 11, 2012

    Focus on Energy Achieves ISO 14001:2004 Certification
    MADISON, WI (July 10, 2012) – 
    Focus on Energy, Wisconsin utilities’ statewide program for energy efficiency and renewable energy, recently achieved NSF certification to ISO 14001:2004, which represents the highest level of international recognition for managing environmental impacts and instituting a culture of corporate social responsibility. 

    “This certification underscores Focus on Energy’s commitment to integrating environmental risk assessment, planning, and impact mitigation into every aspect of our operations,” said William S. Haas, director of program administration. 

    To obtain ISO 14001:2004 certification, Focus on Energy developed an Energy and Sustainability Management System to address its impact on the environment and society and to maintain compliance with applicable laws and regulations. The system provides a framework for continual improvement of energy and environmental performance and strives to reduce Focus on Energy’s operational costs, energy and materials consumption, greenhouse gas emissions and waste. 

    As part of the certification, Focus on Energy commits to the following:
    • Sustainability: Focus on Energy will commit to sustainability initiatives including waste minimization, recycling and green procurement practices.
    • Compliance with Legal and Other Requirements: Focus on Energy will remain committed to complying with or exceeding all applicable federal, state and local requirements.
    • Social Responsibility: Focus on Energy will consider societal, environmental, cultural, legal, political and organizational diversity in its decisions and actions.
    • Continual Improvement in Energy Sustainability and Performance: Focus on Energy will make available the information and resources necessary to achieve its objectives and targets established within its Energy and Sustainability Management System.

    For more information about Focus on Energy’s sustainability policy visit the Focus on Energy website or contact us at 800.762.7077 or focusinfo@focusonenergy.com. 


    About Focus on Energy
    Focus on Energy works with eligible Wisconsin residents and businesses to install cost-effective energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. Focus information, resources, and financial incentives help to implement projects that otherwise would not be completed, or to complete projects sooner than scheduled. Its efforts help Wisconsin residents and businesses manage rising energy costs, promote in-state economic development, protect our environment, and control the state's growing demand for electricity and natural gas. For more information call 800.762.7077 or visit focusonenergy.com. 

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  • July 9, 2012

    Focus on Energy Launches New EE and RE Programs
    MADISON, WI. (July 6, 2012) – 
    Focus on Energy, Wisconsin utilities’ statewide program for energy efficiency and renewable energy, today announced new programs for residents and businesses, adding to its variety of established program offerings for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. 

    “These programs will allow Focus on Energy to deliver cost-effective energy savings and better serve the utility ratepayers of Wisconsin while further adding to an already successful mix of programs available to residents and businesses in the state,” said William S. Haas, program director. 

    A summary of new programs launched as of July 1, 2012, include: 

    Residential Programs
    • The New Homes Program certifies homes that are more durable, comfortable, energy efficient, and combustion safe than other homes built to the current Wisconsin building code. Leading energy experts work with builders to provide homes that meet strict energy efficiency and quality standards.
    • The Renewable Energy Program offers Cash-Back Rewards for the installation of eligible, new renewable energy systems in homes that already meet energy efficiency requirements. This program has offerings for solar electric photo-voltaic (PV), solar hot water, and geothermal renewable energy systems.
    Business Programs
    • The Renewable Energy Competitive Incentive Program provides incentives for renewable energy systems installed at Wisconsin businesses. This program offers financial support to the most cost-effective renewable energy projects located at eligible facilities. Eligible renewable energy technologies include: biomass, biogas, geothermal, PV, solar thermal, and wind. Incentives for business renewable projects will be awarded in a competitive RFP process.
    • The Retro-commissioning Program works with owners and managers of existing buildings to optimize performance and operational efficiency. Unlike traditional efficiency programs, retro- commissioning takes a more holistic approach by targeting building systems, energy-using equipment, and operating schedules and optimizing how these elements work together.
    • The Small Business Program provides easy and affordable options for making long-term energy-saving improvements. Eligible small business owners receive a free, onsite energy assessment and are provided with free or low-cost options for reducing monthly energy costs through the direct install of energy savings measures.
    Business customers and trade allies interested in participating in available programs should visit www.focusonenergy.com for program information, terms and conditions, and the new application forms. Any questions regarding the programs or participation can be directed to Focus on Energy’s customer service center at 800.762.7077 orfocusinfo@focusonenergy.com. 

    About Focus on Energy
    Focus on Energy works with eligible Wisconsin residents and businesses to install cost-effective energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. Focus information, resources, and financial incentives help to implement projects that otherwise would not be completed, or to complete projects sooner than scheduled. Its efforts help Wisconsin residents and businesses manage rising energy costs, promote in-state economic development, protect our environment, and control the state's growing demand for electricity and natural gas. For more information call 800.762.7077 or visit focusonenergy.com. 

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  • June 27, 2012

    CEFIA Announces Commercial PACE Program

    Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy - C-PACE Financing Program Approved

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  • June 21, 2012

    CEFIA's New CFO to Lead Development of New and Innovative Financing Programs

    The Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority Announces Appointment of Bert Hunter as Chief Investment Officer

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  • June 13, 2012

    Focus on Energy Celebrates Successful First Year with New Program Administrator
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    MADISON, WI. (June 13, 2012) –
    Focus on Energy, Wisconsin utilities’ statewide program for energy efficiency and renewable energy, recently celebrated a successful first year with new program administrator, Shaw Environmental & Infrastructure, Inc.

    Since May of 2011, Focus on Energy has expanded services and program offerings and introduced new programs for Wisconsin residents and businesses, including the following:

    Residential Programs
    • Home Performance with ENERGY STAR®: Instant rewards to improve the building envelope of homes for energy efficiency
    • Assisted Home Performance with ENERGY STAR: Instant rewards to improve the building envelope of homes for energy efficiency for income-qualified homeowners
    • Express Energy Efficiency: Free professional installation of energy-saving products for homeowners
    • New Homes: Energy efficiency consultation and certification for new home construction
    • ENERGY STAR Lighting: Instant discounts on ENERGY STAR® qualified lighting products in retail stores
    • Appliance Recycling Program: Free appliance recycling and a cash incentive
    • Residential Rewards: Cash incentives for qualifying high efficiency furnaces, boilers, and water heaters
    • Home Heating Assistance: Cash incentives, for income-qualifying customers, for purchase and installation of energy efficient furnaces or boilers
    • Multifamily Energy Savings: Energy efficiency opportunities for existing multifamily properties

    Business Programs
    • Large Energy Users: Helps energy-intensive businesses reduce energy consumption through prescriptive and custom incentives and consultation
    • Business Incentive Program: Provides prescriptive and custom incentives to support installation of energy efficient technologies and systems for a wide range of businesses
    • Chains and Franchises: Prescriptive and custom incentives to support installation of energy efficient technologies and systems for retailers

    “Focus on Energy is committed to cost-effectively saving energy for Wisconsin residents and businesses,” said William S. Haas, program director. “Through new programs, advanced management systems and enhanced customer service, we strive to provide energy and financial savings for our customers while reducing negative environmental impacts to the state.”

    By employing a competitive procurement process to select contractors to implement new energy efficiency programs, Focus on Energy has reduced program-related costs by approximately $6 million compared to the previous year. These saving are passed along to customers as added program incentives. In addition, Focus on Energy program implementers have boosted the local economy, opening five new offices and creating and retaining more than 90 jobs statewide.

    “The effectiveness and leadership of the Focus on Energy program has improved significantly in the last year,” said Focus on Energy Director Jolene Sheil. “More funds are being used for program incentives, which is resulting in greater energy savings for the state of Wisconsin.”


    About Focus on Energy
    Focus on Energy works with eligible Wisconsin residents and businesses to install cost-effective energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. Focus information, resources, and financial incentives help to implement projects that otherwise would not be completed, or to complete projects sooner than scheduled. Its efforts help Wisconsin residents and businesses manage rising energy costs, promote in-state economic development, protect our environment, and control the state's growing demand for electricity and natural gas. For more information call 800.762.7077 or visit focusonenergy.com.

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  • May 1, 2012

    Clean Energy States Alliance Welcomes New Project Director

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  • April 26, 2012

    Oversight Report Urges New Strategy for Capturing Green Energy Manufacturing Jobs, Questions Conventional Approaches in CA

    A report released today by the California Senate Office of Oversight and Outcomes recommends that California move cautiously to recast its renewable energy policies to capture more manufacturing jobs. The report suggests one promising alternative to existing subsidies: a state-sponsored “green bank” that would loan money to new businesses willing to manufacture in California.

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  • April 23, 2012

    MassINC Report Shines Light on Massachusetts's Strong Climate Change Mitigation Efforts

    New Report Written in Partnership with Clean Energy States Alliance Recommends Key Actions to Ensure Future Emissions Reduction Targets Are Met

    Boston, Mass. — MassINC today released the first independent assessment of Massachusetts state action on climate change since the precedent-setting Global Warming Solutions Act of 2008. The report, titled “Rising to the Challenge: Assessing the Massachusetts Response to Climate Change,” was researched and written in partnership with the Clean Energy States Alliance.

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  • April 20, 2012

    Public Service Commission approves NYSERDA’s request to double funding for customer-sited PV systems

    Governor Cuomo Announces Comprehensive NY-Sun Initiative to Expand Solar Development in New York

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  • April 13, 2012

    CEFIA Releases Request for Proposals (RFP) for Clean Energy Financial Innovation Program

    Rocky Hill, Conn., April 13, 2012 -The Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority (CEFIA) released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a Clean Energy Financial Innovation Program (Program).

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  • April 12, 2012

    California Energy Commission Approves Energy Research Report

    Energy Commission Approves Energy Research Report
    New Report Summarizes Innovative R&D in Clean Energy Technology

    SACRAMENTO - The California Energy Commission has approved the 2011 Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) Annual Report, a summary of the programs achievements over the past year.

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  • April 11, 2012

    CEFIA Releases RFP for On-Site Anaerobic Digestion Pilot Program

    Rocky Hill, Conn., April 11, 2012 —The Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority (CEFIA) today released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for its new On-site Anaerobic Digestion Pilot Program (Program). Pursuant to Section 103 of Public Act 11-80, CEFIA is charged with administering a three-year $6M Pilot Program. The total funding allocated for all selected Projects under this competitive solicitation is $2M.

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  • April 9, 2012

    Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority Announces First Month Residential Solar Investment Program Results

    Initial Numbers Depict Strong Demand - Homeowners Making Greater Investment

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  • March 8, 2012

    CESA News and Notes - Current Issue

    The current issue of the CESA Newsletter is available for CESA members to download from the Members-Only section of the website. If you need log in assistance, please contact Maria at maria@cleanegroup.org. The Newsletter is also distributed via the CESA Members' listserve.

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  • November 15, 2011

    MassCEC Announces Clean Energy Job Growth In Massachusetts

    The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) announced significant growth in the Massachusetts clean energy economy, which now employs more than 64,000 people, according to the 2011 Massachusetts Clean Energy Industry Report released today. The report identified 4,909 clean energy companies across the state that saw a 6.7 percent increase in jobs between July 2010 to July 2011, and expect employment growth rate of 15.2 percent from July 2011 to July 2012.

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  • October 28, 2010

    Clean Energy States Alliance Announces 2010 State Leadership in Clean Energy Awards

    Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA) today announced seven state clean State Leadership in Clean Energy (SLICE) Awards to programs and projects that demonstrate leadership, effectiveness, and innovation in clean energy.  The second annual SLICE awards were made today at The Monocle restaurant in Washington, DC, before an audience of state clean energy fund managers, federal energy program managers, renewable energy advocates, congressional staff, and invited press. 

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